Saturday, 31 March 2012

Timeraiser Deadline April 4th 2012: Don't miss out!

Volunteer Wood Buffalo is pleased to announce that the Call to Artists for their 1st Wood Buffalo Timeraiser is now open.  They are looking to purchase artwork from local, emerging artists to help inspire participants in Wood Buffalo to donate their time in support of great causes.  Artwork will be in part selected by our volunteer jury from the Wood Buffalo Art Community.

The Timeraiser is a silent art acution with a twist.  Instead of bidding money, participants bid volunteer time to agencies that need their skills and energy.  We buy all artwork at fair market value and auction it off on the night of the Timeraiser. The 1st Wood Buffalo Timeraiser will be held on April 18th 2012. Successful auction bidders have 12 months to complete their volunteer pledge. The piece of artwork is meant to act as a reminder of their goodwill.
To date, the Timeraiser has generated 100,000 volunteer hours and invested $520,000 in the careers of emerging Canadian artists.

Artwork will be displayed in the Miskanaw Ballroom at MacDonald Island on the evening of April 18th, 2012. Art for live auction will be chosen by a non-exhibiting jury.  Other pieces of art will be sold by silent auction with bid sheets in place for the duration of the exhibit.  Each piece will have a minimum bid price of 1/3 the total value (based on one volunteer hour = $20).

Submission Guidelines:
·        All mediums welcome
·         Emerging or mid-career Wood Buffalo-area artists will be given preference
·         All pieces must be framed and signed (stretched canvas on a frame is acceptable)
·         Successful artists will be notified via email in early April
·         You set the price of the artwork submitted, up to $1,000

There is no submission fee associated with this call.

Submission deadline is  Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

To apply, please submit the following to
·         High Resolution digital copy/picture of your submission
·         Artists Statement (max 250 words)
·         Brief Bio (max 250 words)
·         Photo of yourself (not required)
·         Price

For more information, visit or contact;
Erika Hornsey, Executive Director
194 Grenfell Crescent,
Wood Buffalo Community Village
Phone:  780-791-9333

Friday, 30 March 2012

Media Release: Imagine Canada Reacts to Budget 2012

Ottawa, March 29, 2012 – Imagine Canada, the national umbrella organization for charities and public benefit nonprofits, is pleased that the government will “continue to explore social finance instruments” and we encourage the acceleration of these efforts as the sector seeks to meet growing demand with ever constrained financing. “One of the sector’s top priorities is financial sustainability and we urge government to facilitate an enabling environment in which new models can thrive,” said Marcel Lauzière, Imagine Canada’s President and CEO. “A range of new financing instruments will be required and they need to be complemented by measures to provide business advisory and business support programs for charities and nonprofits. Imagine Canada has recommended and will continue to press for access to existing business support programs for charities and nonprofits.”
The budget also announced that charities will be required to provide more information about their political activities including the extent to which these are funded by foreign sources. In addition, the budget proposes to amend the Income Tax Act to further “restrict the extent to which charities may fund political activities of other qualified donnees and to introduce new sanctions for charities that exceed the limits on political activities, or that fail to provide complete and accurate information in relation to any aspect of their annual return.”
“Internationally, Canadian charities are at the forefront of transparency and accountability,” said Lauzière. “Imagine Canada will carefully analyze these proposed changes to assess their full implications and will engage actively in the consultations on these proposed amendments to the Income Tax Act. The onus is on the federal government not to discourage these donations or activities, or to add disproportionate administrative costs to charities.” As the government notes in the budget: “Given their unique perspectives and expertise, it is broadly recognized that charities make a valuable contribution to the development of public policy in Canada.”
Imagine Canada is pleased to see that the government has introduced measures that will enhance reporting and transparency and increase sanctions in connection with abusive tax shelter schemes.
With regard to the significant cuts to government departments, they will have a major impact on the communities served by Canada’s charities and nonprofits and we call on government to ensure transition support and funding to minimize the short- and long-term impact. We also urge government to accelerate its intent as announced in the budget to “modernize the administration of grants and contributions to reduce red tape and make it easier to access funding.”
Building on the experience of other countries, the Finance Department has announced that the “Government of Canada and the Mint will work in collaboration with Imagine Canada to reach out to institutions and charitable organizations who may wish to organize fundraising activities around the elimination of the penny.” Imagine Canada looks forward to collaborating creatively with government and charities across the country to maximize this fundraising opportunity.
Finally, Imagine Canada is disappointed that today’s federal budget did not include the Stretch Tax Credit for Charitable Giving, which had been the sector’s top priority. “We were hopeful that the government would choose to move forward with the Stretch Tax Credit at this time given the strong support the Stretch has received at the Commons Finance Committee hearings on charitable giving,” said Lauzière. “The Stretch Tax Credit is about challenging Canadians to give or to give more. Imagine Canada will continue to press for it and we look forward to the Committee’s report this spring.”
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Imagine Canada is a national charitable organization whose cause is Canada’s charities and nonprofits. We strengthen the sector’s collective voice, serve as a forum and meeting place, and provide a supportive environment for organizations to build stronger communities.

For futher information:
Marnie Grona [English media]
Director, Marketing & Communications
1.800.263.1178 x244 or 416.597.2293 x244
Amanda Mayer [French media]
Imagine Canada - Ottawa
1.800.263.1178 x239 or 416.597.2293 x239

It’s a reunion 100 years in the making!

The Fort McMurray Public School District is hosting its Centennial- 100 years of Doing What’s Best for kids!

We’re inviting you to save the date this Labour Day Long weekend as we host:
· A Golf tournament
· Pancake breakfast
· Suncor tour
· School open houses and our premiere event…

The Centennial Gala featuring our very own- country music star Aaron Lines.
This will be a weekend to remember!

To purchase your tickets call Fort McMurray Tourism at 791.4336, or visit for more information.

Please help us spread the word by posting this information poster in your business and/or by sending it out through your email contacts.

Paula Ogonoski
Communications Coordinator
Ph. 780-788-8009
Cell 780-370-3510

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Art Gallery of Alberta coming to Wood Buffalo

News Release                                                        For immediate release

Wood Buffalo attracts world-class music & art event

Fort McMurray, AB – March 28, 2012) – The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) and the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) will put on a marquee cultural event at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre at McDonald Island Park on June 3, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo announced today. 

The ESO will perform A Tribute to Ray Charles, a full-orchestra production of music from the R&B legend, with vocalist and Ray Charles protégé Ellis Hall. The AGA will showcase its touring exhibit About Face, featuring 17 two-dimensional framed works that examine questions of identity from the perspective of First Nations artists.  Drawn from the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, this exhibition features artworks by First Nations artists Terrance Houle, Alex Janvier, Duane Linklater, George Littlechild, Frederick McDonald, April Mercredi, Henry Nanooch, and Pat Nokomis.

“This is a huge event for all of Wood Buffalo to participate in and we are very excited to be a part of the planning,” said Carol Theberge, Executive Director of Community Development. “This collaboration also increases the potential for future endeavours between Edmonton and Wood Buffalo.

“We are pleased to collaborate with City Lumber, Syncrude, WorleyParsons Canada and Enbridge to develop this signature arts event to attract the participation of youth, the arts community and residents, as well as promote local cultural development.”

This occasion will help realize three objectives of the Municipal Development Plan, namely creating a vibrant culture, working together, and creating a sense of home and belonging.

More information about this event will become available in the near future.


Media inquiries may be directed to:

Brendan Procé
Communication Dept.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Community Collaboration & Partnerships

11 April- Community Collaboration & Partnerships
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 from 08:30 to 17:00 (MT)

Bob Lamb Building
8015 Franklin Avenue

Event Details
It is no longer beneficial for groups in the community to be competing alone in the non-profit arena. Today, groups can do a lot more by working together with others who have similar goals. Nowadays, funders and other stakeholders are increasingly looking for evidence of collaboration for the purpose of capitalizing on synergies and avoiding duplication.

Join us to explore collaborative and partnering ideas and options in a workshop setting, while learning some tips and tricks to more effective collaboration and partnering in the non-profit sector. Learn from a panel of local nonprofits who will share their own experiences in partnering and collaborating with other organizations.

Panelist include:
RMWB, Safe Community Wood Buffalo, Leadership Wood Buffalo, Social Prosperity, Events Wood Buffalo and Volunteer Wood Buffalo

Workshop Purpose:
a. to explore potential opportunities to build capacity in the sector
b. to consider means of increasing organizational efficiency and effectiveness
c. to identify potential of collaboration and partnerships for fund development proposals
d. to identify the key principles of and requirements for effective collaboration and partnership
e. to learn from the collaboration experiences of other nonprofits in our community
f. to develop a specific organization application plan to assist in moving forward in participants’ collaboration and/or partnering efforts.

This workshop is brought to you in partnership with:

Thanks to our funders for making it possible for Nonprofit Sector Link to offer our workshops at a minimal cost or for free.

Words in Motion Launch

At the Fort McMurray Public Library, April 2

In partnership with the Fort McMurray Public Library and the Fort McMurray Public and Catholic School boards, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is pleased to launch Words in Motion. This pilot program celebrates National Poetry Month during April by promoting literacy in our region.  New and existing writers, armature and professional of all ages, submitted poetry for a chance to have their poems transferred onto bus panels and placed inside public transit for the month of April.  Local schools and the public got involved and a total of 50 panels were created. 

The Launch for Words in Motion takes place at the Fort McMurray Public Library on April 2, at 6:30pm.  The Mayor will be giving a speech, followed by two readings of poems by their authors.  A WOOSH bus, showcasing poetry panels, will be parked outside the Suncor Community Leisure Centre for all to view.  Snacks and refreshments will be available. We invite you to attend the launch of Words in Motion to support our local poets and celebrate National Poetry Month.

Syncrude Arts Alive presents Charlie Ross - One Man Star Wars TrilogyComedy

Charlie Ross presents an ingenious and hilarious re-enactment of one of the most beloved films of all time: Star Wars. Ross condenses the entire trilogy into a 75 minute performance in which he plays all characters, recreates special effects, fights both sides of the battle, and sings from the score.

Friday, March 30 at 8pm
Saturday, March 31 at 8pm

All Seats: $29

Keyano Box Office is open Monday to Wednesday 12:30 pm to 4 pm, Thursday and Friday 12:30pm to 8pm, Saturday 11am to 4pm and an hour before a ticketed event. To purchase tickets call the box office at 780-791-4990 or buy online at

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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

WinterPLAY volunteers accepted donation from the community

Fort McMurray community supports local causes during recent Syncrude winterPLAY Festival

Fort McMurray, AB, March 28, 2012 – During the recent 2012 Syncrude winterPLAY Festival money was raised to support local causes.

Events Wood Buffalo volunteers accepted donations for the Parsons Creek Landing fire victims throughout the winterPLAYGROUND weekend down on the Snye. Local talent putting on the Hot Acts Cool Plays festival also decided to donate any proceeds received from theirperformances. Over $1000 was raised thanks to the generosity of this community and distributed through the United Way.

Two-legged and four-legged representatives of the Fort McMurray SPCA were at the winterMARKETPLACE where they were able to raise $3680 towards providing shelter, care, nutrition, and love to an annual average of 1,000 abandoned, lost, homeless, and neglected animals in this region.

Through donating their time and energy to tend bar at events throughout 3 weeks of the festival, the Holy Trinity Music Parent’s Association raised $9000 towards the Holy Trinity Band and Choir trip to Orlando, Florida, in May to take part in Magic Days at Walt Disney World.

Knowing of the Fort McMurray Boys and Girls Club need for a new roof, Events Wood Buffalo and YMM Podcast teamed up to auction off a jersey signed by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oilers star rookie, via social media on With her winning bid of over $700, which she generously increased to $1000, local Fort McMurray businesswoman Stephanie Lopushinsky took home the jersey.

Photo of jersey presentation attached, from left to right: Howard Rensler, Kingston, Stephanie Lopushinsky, Toddske, Nick Fee.

Media contact:

Brea Burton
Marketing & Communications Manager
Events Wood Buffalo

Call to Artists: Public Art Mural Project

Composite High School Mural Public Art Project

This is an open call to Canada-based artists issued by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, for a temporary public mural project downtown Fort McMurray. This project is part of a Graffiti Abatement Pilot Project.
  • Budget: $20,000.00 
  • Opportunity: Mural Project (non-permanent) 
  • Deadline for Submissions: 4:30 pm on Monday April 16, 2012 
  • Installation: May 2012 
  • Duration: May 2012 – May 2014 at minimum 

For more information, contact Connor Buchanan at the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo:
phone (780)788.4335 or email: 

Visit the municipal webpage to see the full Call to Artists:

Fort McMurray Public Library Book Clubs

Fort McMurray Book Club is cancelled indefinitely due to poor attendance. We're looking at options to rejuvenate the program in the future. In the meantime, please look forward to participating in the Adult Summer Reading Program.

Teen Book Club is held the first Sunday afternoon of the month from 2-3pm. At the April 1 meeting we will be discussing Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.

Contact our Adult Help Desk at 780-743-7073 for more information about either book club.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Sharp Ephemeral Cloud Exhibit Opening

Sharp Ephemeral Cloud is an exhibit featuring more than 40 artworks by Jacquie McFarlane and Megan Green. Both local artists started their artistic training (professional career happens after school) at Keyano College.

The artists us their medium of choice to present viewers their own view and interpretations of objects and spaces; Jacquie with digital media and Megan with painting and small installations.

Confrontation, suspension, movement and optical illusions are some of the themes explored in this exhibit.

The exhibition will run from March 29 to April 27. The Opening will be Thursday, March 29 at 7:00pm. 

There will be live music and snacks !!!

Ana Maria Mendez-Barks
Culture Coordinator
MacDonald Island Park Corporation
T 780-791-0070 ext. 5098
F 780-791-2898

Monday, 26 March 2012

Games Legacy Grant- Spring 2012

Grants are available for amateur cultural and athletic activities competing or training at a provincial level or higher.

The maximum grant amount is $1,000 for individuals and $2,000 for groups. Limited funds are available.

The deadline to apply for the SPRING allocation of the Games Legacy Grant is April 27, 2012.

Please visit our website at for full application and grant guidelines.

For more information, please call (780) 792-5969 or email
What is the Games Legacy Grant?

As a result of hosting the 1985 Alberta Summer Games, the 1992 Alberta Winter Games, and the 2003 Alberta Senior Games, a legacy was created with the surplus funds and placed in the Games Legacy Grant. This fund is designed to encourage the development and growth of amateur cultural and sport activities for youth and adults within a priority framework. Interest earned from the Games Legacy Fund is allocated to successful applicants semi-annually (mid March and Mid September) by the Community Services Advisory Committee.

Friday, 23 March 2012

2012 Artist in Residency: Fort McMurray & Fort Chipewyan


The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has an exciting opportunity that we would like to share with you. For the 2012 Artist in Residency program we have expanded the scope to include a secondary studio location in Fort Chipewyan.

The program includes a dedicated studio space (with no associated fee) in Fort McMurray for three months, commencing on June 4, 2012 and, for one month in Fort Chipewyan commencing on July 30, 2012. Artists in the program will take part in an artist talk (15-20 minutes), open-house demonstrations, and have the opportunity to display their artwork in a group exhibition held in Fort McMurray.

We invite visual artists who are Canadian residents to submit a proposal before Friday May 4, 2012 at 4:30PM (Mountain Time).

Please review and share the below information with anyone you think would be interested. Thank you very much for your time.

For more information about the 2012 AIR program and the current 'call to artists' please click here to visit the program page within the Municipal website. 


Connor Buchanan
Culture Coordinator 

The Federation of Canadian Artists announces the 10th Annual Painting on the Edge Call for Entries

Entry Deadline: June 14, 2012; Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony, August 16th, 6pm – 8pm

Awards: Federation of Canadian Artists Grand Prize $2,500; more awards to be announced

The Federation of Canadian Artists was founded in 1941. We have over 2,000 members across Canada and around the world. The FCA mandate is to support and promote the visual fine arts in Canada through education, exhibition and communication programs. If you are interested in becoming a member please contact our gallery office at 604.681.2744 or email us at

Painting on the Edge is an open, international, juried exhibition of original paintings, original prints and drawings in any media open to all living artists worldwide. Entries must not be copies, derivatives, or based in any way on other copyrighted or published paintings, photographs or other artistic works. They must be entirely the work of the entrant, executed without the supervision of an instructor and within two years of the entry deadline. Work must not have been previously exhibited in any other FCA exhibition. All work must be for sale and priced in Canadian funds with intent to sell. Inadmissible works: Photographs, giclées, posters and any other type of mechanical reproduction. To avoid disappointment, please contact the FCA if you have any questions about eligibility.

How to Enter:
Submissions are accepted online at

Entry Fees:
Non-refundable entry fees in Canadian dollars only$25.00
per image for FCA members in good standing$30.00 per
image for non-members

Mail Accepted Artwork to:
Federation of Canadian Artists1241 Cartwright Street,
Vancouver, BCV6H 4B7 Canada

Submission of entry in this competition automatically constitutes the entrant’s acceptance of all competition rules. The juror’s decision will be final.

Accepted Works:
Artists may not substitute another work for an accepted work nor alter the painting or the sale price. FCA reserves the right to refuse to hang any painting that does not match the original entry.

Entries that are accepted for exhibition must remain on display until 4 pm, September 2, 2012. Awards will be mailed to those winners unable to attend the awards ceremony. Awards must be accepted as granted.

All work must be for sale and priced in Canadian funds with intent to sell. A commission of 35% will be retained by the FCA on all sold work. Artist’s price must include this commission. Any sale accomplished by the FCA will have priority over a sale arranged by the artist. Artists must advise the FCA of their HST number if they are registered.

Shipping of paintings to and from the exhibition is the responsibility of the artist. Work can be hand delivered or shipped. The Federation of Canadian Artists and its sponsors are not responsible in any way for the acts or omissions of any shipping agent. Artists are responsible for loss or damage however caused. Artists are therefore encouraged to arrange adequate insurance coverage against such risks. The FCA and all exhibition sponsors shall not be found liable for any loss or damage, whether or not caused by their negligence. The FCA takes every measure to avoid damage and protect the artwork kept in the gallery. The image of any accepted work will be retained by the FCA. The artist’s signature on the entry form grants the FCA the right to use the image of the accepted work for publicity, educational and reference purposes. Copyright remains the property of the artist. All inquiries regarding copyright will be referred to the artist.

Deadline for entries is June 14, 2012

2012 Top Ten Endangered Places List


Submit your nominations to Canada’s TOP TEN Endangered Places List by May 18, 2012 

Ottawa, ON March 13, 2012 – The Heritage Canada Foundation is accepting nominations to Canada’s Top Ten Endangered Places List. The list is released annually to bring national attention to sites at risk due to neglect, lack of funding, inappropriate development and weak legislation. It has become a powerful tool in the fight to make landmarks, not landfill.

HCF uses three primary criteria to determine the 10 final sites for inclusion on the list:
  • Significance of the site
  • Urgency of the threat
  • Community support for its preservation
If you know a site that should be included on our list, tell us about it today.

Nominations should be received by Wednesday, May 18, 2012. 
The 2012 list will be announced in July.

Feel free to contact us if you’re considering a nomination or have any questions.
By email: or phone: (613) 237-1066.

The Heritage Canada Foundation is a national registered charity dedicated to the preservation of Canada’s historic places. Your support is vital to our work. Please join or make a tax-deductible donation today.

Carolyn Quinn
Director, Communications and Editor, Hēritage Magazine
613-237-1066 ext. 229; cell 613-797-7206.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Celebration of Healthy Living in Fort McMurray - March 24

Dear all,

We are pleased to invite the Wood Buffalo Community for a special evening on SATURDAY, MARCH 24TH, 2012 starting at 7:00 PM which will feature the Celebration of Healthy Living in Fort McMurray.

We will be focusing on how to achieve healthy living through work/life balance in the Wood Buffalo Community.

All of you are invited at the Community Room of Ecole Boreal. You will also discover a lot of things about the culture of Ivory Coast and Colombia.

We will also be sharing foods, music and arts from these various cultures.

A lot of surprises !!!!!

Bring friends and family.

It’s FREE.

Babysitting and activities will be provided for older kids.

Call us at 780-750-7779 for additional information and how to be involved.


Eurydice TETE
Conseillère en établissement/ Adjointe administrative
Settlement counsellor/Administrative assistant
Centre d'Accueil et d'Établissement du Nord de l'Alberta/
Antenne de Fort McMurray
Office 100, 312, Abasand Drive
Fort McMurray, Alberta T9J 1B2
Tel: 780 750 7779
Fax: 780 791 9766

Site Web:

Keyano A-Go-Go 2012

Keyano College and Visual and Performing Arts presents Keyano A-Go-Go 2012Keyano A-Go-Go is back!! This highly anticipated annual event features the Keyano Jazz Band with guest vocalists performing a mix of R&B, rock, blues and funk tunes from the 60's to the present.

There is a nightclub atmosphere, complete with cash bar and a dance floor. Go-Go boots are encouraged!!Be advised that tickets sell out fast for this event!

Saturday, March 31 at 8pm

Adult: $15
Student and Senior: $10
Keyano Box Office is open Monday to Wednesday 12:30 pm to 4 pm, Thursday and Friday 12:30pm to 8pm, Saturday 11am to 4pm and an hour before a ticketed event. To purchase tickets call the box office at 780-791-4990 or buy online at

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Inspiring Workplaces with Michael Kerr

Keyano College Global Speaker Series presents Inspiring Workplaces with Michael Kerr

Inspiring Workplaces - The Way Work OUGHT to Be!Laugh as you learn what makes for a truly inspiring workplace. In this high-energy presentation you'll discover why workplace culture drives success, the importance of creating an inspiring vision, and how to build a great culture through with focus on four key values; inspiring service, inspiring communication, creativity and humour. With Michael's three R's for putting humor to work safely, your workplace will never be the same again (in a good way). It's all about the way work OUGHT to be!

About Michael Kerr...Michael Kerr is known as one of North America's leading authorities on humour in the workplace and on creating more inspiring workplace environments. A recovering government manager, Michael is now an award-winning, Hall of Fame international speaker who has been listed as one of the most in-demand speakers in Canada. He is also the author of six books including "Inspiring Workplaces," "Putting Humor to Work," and "What's So Funny About Alberta?"

Michael lives in beautiful Canmore, Alberta, so yes, for you old Air Farce fans, he is a "Mike from Canmore!" You can check him out at,, and

Thursday, March 22 at 7pm

All Seats: $23

Keyano Box Office is open Monday to Wednesday 12:30 pm to 4 pm, Thursday and Friday 12:30pm to 8pm, Saturday 11am to 4pm and an hour before a ticketed event. To purchase tickets call the box office at 780-791-4990 or buy online at

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Thickwood Heights Theatriks presents Disney's Cinderella

Children's Show

Far away in cottage in small kingdom, the beautiful young girl, Cinderella spends long days as a servant in her own home - bowing to every whim of her cold stepmother and cruel, jealous stepsisters, Anatasia and Drizella. Join Cinderella, her mice friends, and her Fairy Godmother as they prepare for the ball. The Fairy Godmother reminds Cinderella that the spell only lasts until midnight, at which point everything will be as it was before. At the Royal Ball, Prince Charming is unenthusiastic about the ladies the King presents to him-until Cinderella enters and lights up the room. The pair dance until midnight, when Cinderella rushes out before the spell breaks, leaving behind a single glass slipper. Left with only the slipper as a guide, the King orders the Grand Duke to scour the kingdom until he can find the foot that will fit it perfectly. After a long search, the Duke finds a perfect fit on Cinderella's foot, and she is invited back to the castle to marry the Prince, and to be the new Princess.

Wednesday, March 21 at 7pm

All Seats: $10

Keyano Box Office is open Monday to Wednesday 12:30 pm to 4 pm, Thursday and Friday 12:30pm to 8pm, Saturday 11am to 4pm and an hour before a ticketed event. To purchase tickets call the box office at 780-791-4990 or buy online at

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Reel Performances at Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre presents TIFF

Reel Performances at Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre presents a selection from the Toronto International Film Festival.

Wednesday, March 2, 20121 at 7:00 pm - West is West

West is West captures the verve of young and old and the convergence of east and west in this coming-of-age story about the to and fro between Britain and South Asia. After insulting his father's country bumpkin background, teenager "Sajid" is forced to accompany his dad on a month long trip to Pakistan, where he is expected to learn the customs of his family's life. This is an uplifting film about a fascinating family in traditional times.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 7:00pm - the Trip

An acerbically witty trip through the English countryside
Steve Coogan and Rob Bryden set of on a car trip through the English countryside armed with a map and incredible comic timing. This hilarious road trip movie journeys through the friendship of two men as they eat, riff, jab and dissect adulthood, fatherhood, relationships and careers.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 7;00pm - Made in Dagenham
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 7:00pm - Another Year

All Seats: $13 (Buy 4 and get the 5th one free)

Keyano Box Office is open Monday to Wednesday 12:30 pm to 4 pm, Thursday and Friday 12:30pm to 8pm, Saturday 11am to 4pm and an hour before a ticketed event. To purchase tickets call the box office at 780-791-4990 or buy online at

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Celebrating the Spring festival of Holi

Dear All

Hindu Cultural Society of Fort McMurray (HCSFM) is celebrating the Spring festival of Holi on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Quality Hotel. The fun-filled evening will include dinner followed by music and a dance floor. Details of the functions are as follows

Details of the Program:
Venue: Quality Hotel
Date: March 24, 2012
Dinner (Indian Cuisine - Pure Vegetarian) - 7 PM to 8 PM
Bollywood Orchestra (Hindi) - 8 PM onward till midnight.

The orchestra troupe is coming in from Toronto. The fluent male singer has performed in India and North America. Additionally, he has a wide fan base in West Indies as well. He learnt music and took vocal lessons from very reputed Ustaad from India. Among other accolades he was Indian-Candian idol champion in 2008. His performances have also been aired on ATN.

The mellifluous lady singer is from Mumbai. She is a graduate in music and has performed several concerts in India and North America. She is fluent from classical to pop. Among other achievements, she has been a play back singer in Tamil films. She will perform all songs in Hindi. 

Adult - $ 50
Child - $20 (age between 2-10 years)
Children below 2 year are free. However they will not be given the seat. If someone wants separate seat, you can buy with $10 per seat for kids below 2 years. 

Please contact for tickets following persons:
Lakhvinder Bamotra - 780-747 5611
Bharati Naidu - 780-715 1365

Seats are limited. Please purchase your ticket ASAP. Seating is not assigned.


HCSFM -Executive Committee

High School Art Scholarships to SummerScapes!

The Alberta Society of Artists (ASA) and Visual Arts Alberta (VAA) are working together to make it easier for students to access scholarships. We invite students to submit an application and digital art images for the SummerScapes 2012 Scholarship Program.

Fourteen scholarships will be awarded. The ASA and VAA will award 3 or more to Edmonton Students, 3 or more to Calgary Students and 5 or more to Students from outside Edmonton and Calgary). The scholarships provide the cost of tuition, meals, accommodation, and art supplies at Red Deer College's SummerScapes 2012 (value: $445 + GST per scholarship). 

In addition, The Alberta Society of Artists' Edmonton Branch will select one Edmonton student for the Thelma Manarey Drawing Award ($100 gift certificate) from the entries received. Successful candidates will be contacted after the adjudication process. 
This year SummerScapes 2012 runs between August 05th and August 11th, 2012. The week features an intensive, studio based exploration of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, glass bead making and animation supplemented by visiting artists’ lectures and opportunities to explore different media.
Please apply using the following criteria: 
Scholarships are open to all students residing in Alberta in grades 10 to 12, between the ages of 15 and 17 by August 1, 2012.
A completed application form and letter of recommendation from a teacher.
4-6 digital images of your artwork. (Digital images must be jpegs, 72dpi with the maximum size of each image under .5MB. Maximum file size: 1024 x 768 pixels. Title each image with last name of artist and number of image – e.g. Smith01, Smith02 etc.)

Deadline: received by 4:00pm on May 02nd, 2012 (late applications will not be considered) 

Send your application to:
Alberta Society of Artists #305, 1235 - 26 Ave. SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1R7

including a CD or DVD containing your art images or email them to

For more information, please contact Visual Arts Alberta at 1.866.421.1731 (Wed-Fri: 10am-4pm or Sat: Noon-4pm) or by email to

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Wednesday, March 21

On Wednesday, March 21 at 3 p.m. the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo will proclaim the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Wood Buffalo.

When: Wednesday, March 21 at 3p.m.

Where: Jubilee Centre Foyer (or front steps, if weather permitting)

This date was chosen by the United Nations to draw attention to the continuing fight against all forms of racial discrimination. The date also marks the 46th anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa, where 69 demonstrators were shot and killed during a non-violent protest against the Apartheid.

Support the organizing committee, fellow co-workers and the global community by joining the reading of the proclamation. Cake and refreshments will be served immediately following.

For more information, please contact Elaine Moores 

Monday, 19 March 2012

Harcourt House Call for Submissions - Artist in Residence 2012 - 2013

Submission deadline:  May 31, 2012
(Residency to Commence November 1, 2012)

Harcourt House Artist Run Centre is currently accepting submissions for our 2012/ 2013 Artist in Residence (AIR). Awarded to artists annually through a peer jury selection process, this program is committed to providing the selected artist with a year-long, dedicated studio environment at Harcourt House Artist Run Centre to research, develop and exhibit new work. This program allows for the Artist in Residence to engage and interact with the local visual arts community, encouraging shared ideas, expression and discourse.

This one-year residency includes a studio space, access to our art education courses and facilities, teaching opportunities and a $150 monthly art supply stipend. The AIR will be given a solo exhibition in the centre’s Main Gallery at the end of the one-year term to conclude their residency. The AIR will receive CAR/FAC fees for the presentation of this final exhibition.

We invite artists who are Canadian residents to submit a proposal before May 31, 2012. All disciplines are encouraged to apply.  Applicants will be selected by the quality of work submitted, their demonstration of commitment to serious practice and how the residency will meet their objectives at this crucial juncture in the development of their practice.  

Proposal guidelines are as follows: 
  • 10-15 digital images of recent work
  • C.V.
  • Artist statement
  • Plan of activity for residency
  • Demonstration of at least 2 years commitment to studio work outside of a post secondary institution
  • 2 letters of reference from professionals in the arts community

**Short listed candidates will be interviewed as a part of the jury’s selection process.

NOTE: Curriculum vitae (C.V.), artist statement, plan of activity and slide list must be submitted in hard copy AND digitally as a writable Word or Open Office document. Files must be Mac compatible.

Incomplete proposal packages will NOT be considered

For full information on program and submission details, and a list of past artists in residence, please visit our website, under Residency, at  or contact Brittney Roy at 780.426.4180.

Public Art Lecture Series :: Art Gallery of Alberta

Presented by the Art Gallery of Alberta with support from the Edmonton Arts Council.

This ongoing lecture series features artists and curators who are contributing to public art in the city of Edmonton. Speakers will provide an overview of their practice, as well as give insight into their work in this region.

Public art is considered a key component of the attractiveness and identity of a city. It demonstrates the character of communities, strengthens the local economy through an investment in the arts, and is a reflection of a progressive municipality.

Jan Edler, realites:united
Sunday April 1, 2012 4 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta
Tickets: $15/$10 AGA & EAC Members

realities:united is an art collective comprised of Jan Edler and Tim Edler, who have been selected to participate during the design process of the Mill Woods Library. The result of this collaboration will be an art installation that is integrated into the architecture of the library.

Urban Revitalization: Public Art and the Quarters Downtown with Kendal Henry
Tuesday May 1, 2012 7pm
Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta
$15/$10 AGA & EAC Members

Kendal Henry is a public art curator leading the vision and planning for a transitory art exhibition in The Quarters during the summer of 2012. Henry will work with ten selected artists to develop their projects through workshops, community collaboration and an in-depth analysis of the history of the area. This project will address the changes occurring as the downtown east undergoes an urban regeneration project to develop The Quarters neighbourhood

To find out more info about the series and how to get tickets please click on the link below:

Alberta boosts efforts to showcase culture

(News release from Government of Alberta News Bulletin located HERE) 

March 12, 2012

Province broadens scope of provincial celebrations

Edmonton... Albertans will have the opportunity for broader exposure to the many facets of Alberta’s culture during this year’s annual celebration in September.

Based on input from the recent Culture Forum 2012, Alberta Arts Days has been renamed Alberta Culture Days. Participants felt this change would help encourage broader participation and support the efforts of Alberta’s arts, heritage, nonprofit/voluntary, multicultural and youth serving organizations. It also reflects the importance of increased collaboration and partnerships across the relevant sectors.

“Hosting an Alberta Culture Days event is a wonderful opportunity to foster community relationships and showcase local talent,” said Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Culture and Community Services. “It’s also a great way for organizations to boost the impact and reach of existing efforts to promote the value and availability of cultural programming in our province. Culture connects our people, our communities and our province.”

Alberta Culture Days runs from September 28 to 30 in conjunction with the national Culture Days movement. To support the province-wide celebration, the Government of Alberta is again making funding available to those wishing to host cultural events and be designated official Celebration Sites. All nonprofit/voluntary, multicultural, heritage and arts organizations are encouraged to apply.

Two levels of funding are available: up to $20,000 to be designated a Feature Celebration Site; and up to $5,000 to be designated a Host Celebration Site. Consideration will be given to those who partner with others in their community to present cultural programming. Interested applicants should visit

The application deadline is May 8.

“Alberta Arts Days has always been about celebrating our heritage, cultural diversity and provincial pride,” said Klimchuk. “The change in name to Alberta Culture Days is actually in keeping with what communities are already doing. Last year, thousands of Albertans enjoyed 1,046 events and activities hosted by an array of organizations including schools, libraries, recreation centres, arts and multicultural groups, social serving organizations; and many, many others.”

In 2011, 64 Host Celebration Sites and five Feature Celebration Sites were selected to coordinate activities in their communities. All Albertans are encouraged to participate in Alberta Culture Days by attending some of the hundreds of free, family-friendly events; or hosting one of their own. Alberta Culture Days is helping to fulfill the goals of our provincial cultural policy, The Spirit of Alberta. For more information visit

Culture Forum 2012 occurred February 24 and 25 and involved nearly 400 representatives from Alberta’s broad culture sector. The discussions that occurred, along with feedback received from the online public survey, which is available until March 28 and can be found at, will help government, the corporate community and Alberta’s culture sector collectively build a solid foundation for culture to prosper in our province.


Media inquiries may be directed to:
Keltie MacPherson
Public Affairs Officer
Culture and Community Services
To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.